Expand your knowledge without the pressure of assignments or tests
The Lifelong Learning program at Ursuline College is a non-credit program that allows adults over 60 to expand their knowledge and enjoy a virtual or classroom learning experience in a curated field of offerings without the pressure of assignments or tests and at a discounted cost.
Class participation is highly encouraged for all students, but all are asked to respect the opinions of others and to contribute favorably to the classroom atmosphere.
Lifelong Learner applicants may apply for most Arts & Sciences courses and will be admitted if room is available. Lifelong Learners may not take courses in the following programs: Nursing, Counseling and Art Therapy, Social Work, or Education. View Summer 2022 undergraduate courses here.
Above: Recent Lifelong Learning program participants exercise creativity and learn new skills in a Fashion Design class.
Undergraduate courses that many lifelong learners have enjoyed:
Classes from the graduate program in Theological and Pastoral Studies are also perennial favorites.
Please see our course schedules for more course options (undergraduate courses and graduate courses), remembering that the following programs are not open to Lifelong Learners: Nursing, Counseling and Art Therapy, Social Work, Education.
Lifelong Learners will be eligible to register for a virtual or classroom course only if there is space in the program so that traditional students or those auditing the class have the first opportunity. The instructor must approve the Lifelong Learner to take the course.
To register as a lifelong learner, complete and submit the application below. You will be notified by email if you are approved to take the course and will be billed after you have been confirmed. The fee is $60 per credit hour, plus any course fee associated with the class. You’ll also be responsible for the cost of any books you choose to purchase for your class.
Once registered, please stop by the Student Services Center, located in Mullen 203, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., to obtain a photo ID. You will also need your ID to have access to Desire2Learn through this website. You'll scroll to the bottom of any page on this site and click D2L.
Lifelong Learners will have limited access to Besse Library services. You are permitted to take out up to four regular circulating items at a time for a two-week period.
The Office of the Registrar does not retain official records for Lifelong Learners. Requests for retroactive credit cannot be honored. If you need a class posted on an official Ursuline College transcript for certification or immigration purposes, you must take the course as an audit or for credit and pay the full tuition cost. UCAP (accelerated online) courses and private lessons are not open to lifelong learners.
For questions, please use the form below.